In December we were fortunate enough to host long-term customers and supporters, Peggy McDaniels and Rick Feavel. Below is Rick's reflection on their experience with De la Gente:
Everyone wants to help, but how?
This past December, Peg and I had the unique experience of finding out exactly where and how our donations to De La Gente were being used. We funded our own expenses, but wanted to raise extra money to better help the coffee farmers that DLG works with. We started a fundraiser called Growing Goodness with Peg and Rick. Through the generosity of friends and family, we forwarded donations to DLG and eventually traveled to Guatemala to use these funds to purchase fertilizer, herbicides, lumber and hardware. We were able to spend time in the village of Santa Anita, hauling coffee plants and applying fertilizer. We hauled, cut, pulled and built steps to help improve the coffee sorting area in San Miguel Escobar, where much of the coffee for DLG is processed. It was fortunate to see firsthand, how little efforts can lead to significant empowerment and change.
We will continue to help when and where we can. We buy and drink DLG coffee because we know how hard farmers like Timoteo, Lesbia, Manuel and Rigo work and struggle to grow and produce a great tasting coffee. DLG is blessed with a great staff. Their dedication to improving the lives of farmers in Guatemala is inspiring!